NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Thursday, December 3rd (All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (10-12-4) at Dallas Stars (12-8-7), 8:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - It all started with an assist for the Anaheim Ducks' Corey Perry in a loss to the Dallas Stars in late October. Nineteen games later, Perry has the longest points streak in the NHL in over two years.
Perry will try to stretch his run to 20 games in Anaheim's road contest in Dallas this evening at American Airlines Center.
The 24-year-old forward assisted on a Joffrey Lupul tally in a 4-2 setback to the Stars back on October 21. However, that was the start of a franchise- record 19-game run in which Perry has amassed 10 goals and 16 assists. It marks the first 19-game point streak in the NHL since Pittsburgh's Sidney Crosby from October 6-November 17, 2007.
Colorado's Paul Stastny was the last player to notch a point in 20 straight games, doing so from February 3-March 17, 2007.
Perry kept his run alive with a goal and a helper in Tuesday's 4-3 setback to Los Angeles. That assist gave Perry an assist in 10 games in a row, which ties Ryan Getzlaf's club mark set earlier this year.
Ryan Whitney and Todd Marchant also lit the lamp for the Ducks, who went 4-2-1 on their seven-game homestand. Getzlaf picked up two assists, while Jonas Hiller made 38 saves in a losing cause.
"We can't lose sight of the fact that our team has played better over the last while," Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle told his team's Web site. "We're going to have to ramp it up and get back to playing a stronger defensive game and executing to a higher level. That for sure was evident [Tuesday] night.
Anaheim next plays two straight and six of its next eight on the road, where it is 2-4-3 this season.
The Ducks' loss to the Stars earlier this year came after the clubs split their six-game series in 2008-09. Hiller made 34 saves in the setback, while Perry has six goals and 15 points in 27 games against Dallas.
Dallas' Loui Eriksson had a goal and an assist and Marty Turco made 24 saves in that victory in Anaheim. The Stars have lost three of their last four at home versus the Ducks, however.
Turco was tagged for four goals on 32 shots in Monday's 4-1 setback to the Detroit Red Wings, the Stars' third loss in their last four games. Brenden Morrow had the lone goal.
"Seemingly the mentality in here has kind of been a struggle," remarked Turco. "It just shows up in our consistency. It's been happening all year long and it's something we need to address and take care of or we'll be on the outside looking in."
The Stars are tied for third in the Pacific Division with 31 points, while the Ducks are last with 24.
Dallas plays its next two at home before a five-game road trip and has a point in each of its last four contests (3-0-1) at American Airlines Center.
12/03 10:43:23 ET